from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Heraldry A wide horizontal band forming the middle section of an escutcheon.
- intransitive v. Informal To admit to something; confess, often used with up: "won't fess up to being even vaguely liberal” ( Jonathan Alter).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To confess; to admit.
- n. A horizontal band across the middle of the shield.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A band drawn horizontally across the center of an escutcheon, and containing in breadth the third part of it; one of the nine honorable ordinaries.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. See fesse.
- n. A cap of cloth or felt, often embroidered, made in Russia, near the Black Sea.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. (heraldry) an ordinary consisting of a broad horizontal band across a shield
Middle English fesse, from Old French, from Latin fascia, band.
Short for confess.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From confess, by shortening (Wiktionary)
From Old French fesse, an alteration of faisse, from Latin fascia (Wiktionary)